Saturday, July 5, 2014

This week in pictures

After posting my last blog post, I got sick with a sinus infection. Ugh! I took Monday off but went to work the rest of the week. I'm feeling much better now. So, because of being sick, I didn't do too much. Here are some pics from my week.

It is summer here (actually it is rainy season but summer will start soon) and so it is Yukata season! These are worn mostly to festivals like firework festivals etc.

Also at the mall I saw this shop  "family studio" where you can take your kids and have pictures taken of them in cute traditional clothes. 

Sometimes at the mall, there are special days where vendors come in and make and sell special food. This one is for "taiyaki" (a pancake like cake filled with things like sweet beans, custard and even savory things like hamburgers or eggs). These taiyaki are filled with "anko"- sweet beans. My hubby bought some (he's the guy in the picture).

It is also gift giving season (traditionally in summer and winter) so you can choose from many kinds of gifts. There are gift  boxes with things like jams, cooking oils, sweets, meats, coffee etc. You just fill out the paperwork and they will have it delivered for you. 

Tanabata star festival (see here for my blog post about it in more detail) is on Monday (July 7th) so there are decorations everywhere! 

Oh and here are some lovely sunflowers from the flower shop that moved into the building where I work.


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